Interview with Omayra Velez, Author of Clashes of Wills

What can you tell us about your new release, Clashes of Wills?

Clashes of Wills is the Third in the series The Assembly of Thirteen. The plot of the Assembly of Thirteen came to me when I was watching one of the presidential debates. I asked myself, What will happen if a society in which the people presented forward candidates and a group of 13 people were the ones with the power to make the final decision to chose between all the candidates. What will happen if one of the leaders would not want to step down when it was time to let others take power? How would it be possible? The story is a social fight for freedom. The thirteen that must select a new leader have four that must protect and lead and in the third book I present the fourth Companion and I begin to lay the ground for the inevitable struggle within the Royal family and the kingdoms they control.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I have been writing stories and poetry for as long as I can write. I kept a journal from my teens. However, it wasn’t until I started my transition to go from an active duty Soldier to a Veteran civilian that I started writing full stories and my therapist encouraged me to write my first book.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
La Charca by Manuel Zeno Gandía
Orix and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

I would bring Isabel Allende and I would want to ask her all about her new book A Long Petal of the Sea that is supposed to be published this year. I would like to know if she would be writing any other YA series aside of the city of the Beasts. I would also like to know if she has any comments of what is happening in the countries as the socio-politics-economic in South America and what will this do for the future latino writers? Will she think These unrest impact the arts like it did her country of Chile?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The freedom it gives me to explore the What if’s of situations. I can let my imagination run wild and make up scenarios. I love that I can create freely.

What is a typical day like for you?

I am a disable medically retired Army soldier. My day starts slow, I must have coffee to increase my pace and I must care for my dog to have a happy environment. After I do all the morning chores, then I sit and write. I can only write in 20 minutes increments. My brain can only concentrate for 20 minutes. Then I must take a break. It takes me a long time to write a chapter but I do it.

What scene in Clashes of Wills was your favorite to write?

The first Companion named June has to jump inside a warrior pit which is like a UFC fighters giant ring. She is from Earth but is a free short in a happy meal and has PTSD. Needless to say, this was one cool scene.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

“My first draft is very short-lived. It goes directly to the process of re-writes and to the hands of my alter ego. The part of me that is a military officer evaluating what I expect to be crap.”
“However, my final copy comes out the hands of a proofreader.

Omayra Velez is the author of the new book Clashes of Wills.

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New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | July 9

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including M.A. Rothman, Christer Tholin, Karen MacInerney, Cate Holahan, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!



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New Romance Books to Read | July 9

Looking to fall in love with some new romance reads? You’ll adore these exciting new novels! This week you can get your hands on books by bestselling authors Emerson Rose, Jaimie Case, Nora Roberts, Lauren Layne, CD Reiss, and more. Enjoy your new romance books and happy reading!



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New Books to Read in Literary Fiction | July 9

Literary fiction readers are in for a treat. This week’s latest releases list is full of intriguing reads you won’t want to miss! The new releases list includes so many bestselling authors like Leila Meacham, Ruchika Tomar, Beatriz Williams, and many more. Enjoy your new literary fiction books. Happy reading!



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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | July 9

Set off on an adventure to new worlds this week! This selection of new science fiction and fantasy books will surely please! Science Fiction fans should be excited about the latest from bestselling authors C.A. Knutsen, Kimi Eisele, Kali Wallace, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Omayra Velez, Jayne Faith, Judith Berens, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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New Young Adult Books to Read | July 9

Are you an avid reader of Young Adult books? This week you are in luck! With all of these new novels, you’re bound to find a new favorite book to add to your reading list. This week includes new novels from bestselling authors Kasie West, Becky Wallace, Elizabeth Eulberg, and many more. Enjoy your new young adult books. Happy reading!



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New Biography and Memoir Books to Read | July 9

Looking for some new biography and memoir books for your library? There are so many new releases this week that you’re bound to find a new favorite. You can pick up new novels from Steven M. Gillon, David L. Roll, Isha Sesay, and more. Enjoy your new biography and memoir books. Happy reading!



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Interview with M.A. Rothman, Author of The Inside Man

What can you tell us about your new release, The Inside Man?

Other than what the blurb says, it really is a story about Levi Yoder, who happens to be a member of a New York mafia family, but is characterized as an angel in wolf’s clothing. He does the right things, but some of the cops may not exactly like how he does it.

This particular book has a serious theme, and in fact starts with a real (footnoted) Senate subcommittee testimonial about Child Sex Trafficking. It seems like a harsh way to start a book, but the story does touch on the topic with the kidnapping of a Japanese mob boss’s grandchild, and it evolves from there.

The book itself deals with the criminal aspects of kidnapping and how Levi can help recover the lost child, and along the way, maybe help a lot more.

The book was actually inspired by real events. Many years ago when I was in college, the young sister of a close friend of mine from North Africa was kidnapped and a victim of trafficking. The effect it had on my friend and his family left an indelible impression on me, and was the seed for writing this book. In fact, during the sale of this title (July 8th through the 15th) I am giving all the proceeds from the sales to a charity called Operation Underground Railroad. Its mission is to combat child trafficking and exploitation.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’m an accidental author. Meaning that I didn’t ever think of being an author or even of writing stories, it just happened soon after I had kids. I began telling stories for bedtime and when they became elaborate enough that I was having trouble keeping track of things, I began writing down notes. Notes became outlines, outlines became drafts, and eventually I was writing novels.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

I love Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, so in a nutshell, that’s 4 of my favorite books.

As to a contemporary set of titles, I can’t necessarily pick one, but I’m a big fan of authors such as David Baldacci, Lee Child, Clive Cussler, the classics in Science Fiction like Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Isaac Asimov, etc.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Can I be a necromancer and resurrect dead people? If so, J.R.R. Tolkien. And I know he was a linguist, but I would probably ask him some dark technical questions about his intermingling of languages (ones he created) with his books. What led him down that path? Would he do it all over again?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Nothing. I hate it. You’d be crazy to do it.

But yet I do it anyway.

I suppose, in all seriousness, I settled on the genre of hard Science Fiction and techno thrillers, largely because it agrees with my natural yearning for knowledge. I have to research details all the time, and I enjoy that immensely. I’m not sure how much I enjoy the writing process, but I actually think I might be a minority in that I enjoy editing quite a bit. It’s work, don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise. It’s work to write a novel, especially if you’re trying to make it any good.

What is a typical day like for you?

Wake up at 3am, start writing, finish at 6am, then go to main job, then come home and to bed by around 9pm. Crazy, eh?

What scene in The Inside Man was your favorite to write?

There’s plenty of scenes that I enjoyed writing, but I’ll be honest, I try to write ending that are memorable and leave you wanting more. So, I’ll be honest and even though I had the general idea of how I was ending the book, the ending I gave it was literally done in the last minute. It just came to me, and set things up for the book that follows (which will be on pre-order).

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

Let no excuse be a barrier to your success.

M.A. Rothman is the author of the new book The Inside Man.

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Interview with C.A. Knutsen, Author of Ancient Agendas

What can you tell us about your new release, Ancient Agendas?

In Ancient Agendas, humanity’s role in the universe as envisioned in the Janus Unfolding series is more clearly defined with the help of non-human perspectives.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I wanted to read books where the main characters’ decisions were not fear-based, where their first thoughts were to help others, and where they didn’t hurt others on purpose. I wanted to see the result when the best characteristics of humanity were the guiding principles. So I write them.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Childhoods End – Clark
The Count of Monte Cristo – Dumas
The Wizard of Earthsea series – Le Guin
The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings – Tolkien
The Genesis Machine – Hogan

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Mark Twain. The thought process that results in his humorous insights into human behavior

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Dialogue with humorous banter between characters. Creating a world where kindness prevails.

What is a typical day like for you?

Editing the previous day’s work to get the pace of things and then writing for about four hours.

What scene in Ancient Agendas was your favorite to write?

The several scenes connected with the takeover of the space station.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

Kindness is the key to what is real.

C.A. Knutsen is the author of the new book Ancient Agendas.

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The Story Behind the Fraternity Brothers Series by Emerson Rose

By Emerson Rose

The Fraternity Brothers series was born from compromise. My publisher wanted a series about brothers and their love interests, an idea I liked, but felt had been done many times before. I decided why not expand on the idea of brotherly love and take it in a different direction? And that’s when Fraternity Brothers series started falling into place.

The bond between fraternity brothers is proof that blood isn’t always thicker than water and families come in all shapes and sizes. These seven characters lived with each other during four very important years of their lives. The years when stress was high, partying was serious, and the future was bright.

Now that college is behind them and real life has begun its time to take those degrees and start living the lives they have been preparing for.

Fast and Reckless is the story of Damian Ricci, known to his brothers as a fast driving, womanizing, live in the moment, kind of man with dreams of making it big on the NASCAR circuit.

What he didn’t plan on was a beautiful romance author stealing his heart and altering the course of his life forever. The second he set eyes on Layna Love he knew she was different from any woman he’d been with in college.

She made him feel things, want things, need things he had never considered like monogamy and family. In true Damian Ricci form he put the petal to the metal and went after what he wanted.

His fraternity brothers watched in shock as their friend morphed from a grease monkey into a gentleman, but they weren’t surprised when Layna ghosted him after two months. This was after all, the destroyer of hearts, relationship phobic, Damian Ricci after all.

In true fraternity brother form the guys gave him shit for messing up a good thing and then gathered around to help him pick up the pieces.

To find out what happens with Layna and Damian you’ll need to read Fast and Reckless.

To find out what happens with Hunter, Lennon, Cole, Evan, Jace and Fiona check out the whole series. I know you’ll love these guys and their little sister Fiona as much as I do!

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